News Briefs for March 30 to April 4

By Jamie Santoro
April 4, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 Obama makes first visit to war-torn Afghanistan

President Obama visited Afghanistan last week to meet with President Hamid Karzai and American troops. This marks Obamas first visit to the war-torn nation. President Obama used the trip to emphasize certain promises made by President Karzai that have not been kept.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 New drilling sites to open

The Obama administration announced plans to open vast off-sea sites for drilling exploration in search of natural gases and oil. The area spans from Delaware to central Florida. No date is given on when this exploration would start.

Thursday, April 1, 2010 Haitians illegally enter U.S.

At least 30 survivors of the Haiti earthquakes are now in jail for entering the U.S. illegally. These Haitians were waved onto military planes by Marines in the immediate aftermath of the quakes. All are being held for deportation although deportation to Haiti has been halted indefinitely.

Friday, April 2, 2010 Security systems revamped on all flights entering U.S.

The security systems on passengers of flights entering the United States will be revamped. This idea is the product of analysis of current security after the Christmas Day bomb threats. This new system will be implemented mostly on flights landing from 14 Muslim countries.

Saturday, April 3, 2010 Unemployment rate shows upturn

In an early sign of recovery, the Department of Labor reported a payroll surge. Over 160,000 jobs were added while national unemployment held steady at 9.7. The economy is poised to make a steady, albeit slow, upturn, according to some analysts.

Sunday April 4, 2010 Strong earthquake hit Baja California

A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Baja California, Mexico, late Sunday. The quake was felt in the Southwestern United States, especially Los Angeles. No word yet on the effect the 60-second quake had on the area.

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